Use it up …

21 11 2016

Use it up, wear it out,
make it do, or do without.

A nice saying but definitely not valid for our indispensable daily companions.

Smartphones and tablets are truly globalised products: with total annual sales numbers in excess of one billion devices, they are used in all parts of the world and by a broad range of income groups. The raw materials production and manufacturing also follow a global pattern: the cobalt for the batteries and the tantalum for capacitors are sourced from the DR Congo, among other places. The palladium for electronic components mainly comes from the Russian city of Norilsk and from South Africa; and the silver needed for soldering alloys comes from mines on all continents.

• The extraction of raw materials is often associated with human rights risks.

• Mining and processing of ores in many regions of the world are a major source of pollution and environmental degradation.

• The production of smartphones and tablets is highly energy-intensive – particularly the production of display modules, printed circuit boards and integrated circuits.

So it becomes obvious that a major opportunity to reduce the total environmental and social impacts caused during raw materials extraction and manufacturing of smartphones and tablets is to use the devices as long as possible.

Nevertheless, it is observed that smartphones and tablets are often used for no longer than 3 years. In many cases, the reason for early replacement of smartphones and tablets is not attributed to a defect. A large number of these products are replaced even though they are still functional (psychological obsolescence).

The influence of short innovation cycles, as well as advertising and the tariff models of service providers are sources for lots of problems.

Apple tells us they do what’s technically possible to reduce their carbon footprint and take care of fair labor conditions but on the other hand they force trade-in offers to replace devices every year.

Well, Lisa Jackson, that’s what should be revised. Your data centers and your new campus are outstanding examples for your environmental initiatives but your trade-up program is definitely a step in the wrong direction. And, btw, you aren’t able to fully control your supply chain.

Sources …

Apple Environmental Initiatives

Apple iPhone Trade-Up

Greenpeace Report

Thanks for reading and
think twice before you replace your well-functioning smartphone.


16 11 2016

Inextricably linked with apps are small animals which most aggressive life forms are well-known from tropical areas and called BUGS.

Today we have them also massively in temperate zones and they are distributed for free by Apple, Google, medium-sized companies, and individual enterprises via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
More about mobile apps …

About Apps

Although bugs don’t like chemicals, do not use them inside or outside your iThing. I’m sure it won’t be a case for Apple Care.

Thanks for dropping by.

Apple Maps

13 11 2016

Now you can find your way with Apple Maps, usually.

Once upon a time, Google Maps was the go to maps provider for Apple’s iOS. That was until iOS 6 in 2012, when it was announced that Apple was creating its own mapping service to replace Google Maps. When it was first released, there were a plethora of bugs with the Apple Maps service and many users reverted back to Google Maps.

Today it’s hard to say which app is the better approach to pathfinding. They’re different and it seems to depend on the country you are using them in.

I personally see Google Maps in the pole position when using one of the apps in Thailand, my country of residence.

Just one example:

Wat Phra That Phanom is the sacred precinct of the Phra That Phanom chedi, located in the district of the same name, in the southern part of Nakhon Phanom Province, northeastern Thailand. According to legend, this structure contains the Buddha’s breastbone, and as such, it is one of the most important Theravada Buddhist structures in the country.

You can easily find it in Google Maps but Apple Maps not even shows you any search results.

More …

Apple Maps vs Google Maps

Apple Maps

Thanks for finding the way to my post.

Hindsight is always 20/20

10 11 2016

With its phones Microsoft did and still does a poor job.

“500 dollars? Fully subsidized? With a plan? I said that is the most expensive phone in the world. And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard. Which makes it not a very good email machine. … Right now, we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year. In six months, they’ll have the most expensive phone by far ever in the marketplace.”

Today Ballmer praises Apple’s cellular subsidy model and admitted he wished he had come up with it first.

“I wish I had thought of the model of subsidizing phones through the operators. People like to point to this quote where I said the iPhones will never sell. Well the price of $600 or $700 was too high and it was business model innovation by Apple to get it essentially built into the monthly cell phone bill.

Ballmer also admitted it was a mistake for Microsoft not to make handsets and tablets sooner.

“I would have moved into the hardware business faster and recognized that what we had in the PC, where there was a separation of chips, systems, and software, wasn’t largely going to reproduce itself in the mobile world.”

Ballmer about the iPhone …

Never mind, Steve.

You shouldn’t worry about your past decision, because you can’t change it now. Even Satya cannot fix this bug in the aftermath. Good for your competitors, bad for customers.

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.

Committed to Privacy

8 11 2016

Apple cars with strong encryption

The SL55 AMG …

Designed by Mercedes in Stuttgart driven by a highly successful entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley.

Image Credit 2008:TOMÁS POLLAK @ Flickr

A loophole in the California vehicle laws allowed to affix the issued number plate to the vehicle after a maximum of six months. So Steve traded his silver Mercedes SL55 AMG for a similar one on the sixth month of his lease.

No plate. No tracking.

Until today Apple is committed to privacy.

“At Apple, your trust means everything to us. That’s why we respect your privacy and protect it with strong encryption …”
(Tim Cook)

More …

About the Mercedes SL 55 AMG

About Privacy

Thanks for surfing by.

Cupertino Machines

6 11 2016

A new community was created on the awesome content network Google+.

It’s about the most valuable company in the world.

Cupertino Machines

All of you are cordially invited.

Around the World

2 11 2016

Do you remember these words?

“This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years. Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. … Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world. …

The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls.
The second is a revolutionary mobile phone.
And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.

So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, arevolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device.

An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … Are you getting it?

These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone.”

In 2007 the iPhone started its way around the world and its name is still a synonym for a mobile device.

Best build quality, easiest way to use it, and the highest prices which sadden many people.

What about the prices?

See what an iPhone costs in different countries based on currency exchange rates of November 2, 2016.

USD 749,00

🇹🇭 USD 871,10 30,500 THB Thailand

🇨🇳 USD 914,80 6,188 CNY China

🇦🇺 USD 938,96 1,229 AUD Australia

🇩🇪 USD 963,20 869,00 EUR Germany

Well, if you visit the USA you should reserve an appropriate amount of your vacation savings for Steve’s masterpiece. But don’t forget, Apple Maps won’t show you a way through customs declaration.

The app CURRENCY by Jeffrey Grossman with its support for the Apple Watch is a perfect travel companion. You can easily enter a value in the foreign currency and see the converted value in the currency of your home country.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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